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New IMO Bunker Sample Point Rules Come Into Force This Week


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Repost: A change in the IMO’s rules governing how bunker samples are taken comes into force this week.

Amendments to the IMO’s MARPOL Annex VI regulations will require all ships of 400 gross tonnes or above built from April 1 onwards to have designated sample points for taking in-use bunker samples. For existing ships, the sample points must be fitted no later than the first renewal survey after April 1, 2023.

“The purpose of in-use samples is to draw a representative sample of the fuel that is actually in use on a ship,” industry body IBIA said in a note on its website explaining the new rules.

“The purpose of in-use samples is to draw a representative sample of the fuel that is actually in use on a ship,” industry body IBIA said in a note on its website explaining the new rules.

The rules are designed to avoid the potential for quality disputes stemming from the tested quality of a sample not being representative of the fuel actually delivered because of where the sample was taken from.

“Bunker One supports this, as this will be a harmonized way of sampling and we especially support the harmonization there is with ISO 8217 standard for test of in-use samples,” he said.

“Meaning that the inaccuracy in laboratory test results will follow ISO 4259 “Determination and application of precision data in relation to methods of test”, also considered as industry best practice.”

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Ship & Bunker

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